Media Release: Renewable energy sector to consider pedal power

BIO… Mass participation expected in new Renewables Race mountain bike challenge – Saturday 15 May – Fort William.

Fort William-based Highland Wood Energy (HWE), one of Scotland’s leading wood heating specialists, have teamed up with No Fuss Events, organisers of the hugely-popular Benromach 10 Under the Ben cross-country mountain bike race, to develop a special competition to celebrate the renewable energy sector and pedal power.

The challenge is essentially a ‘race within a race’ as mountain bike riders involved in renewable energy projects throughout the UK and further afield are invited to sign up for the inaugural Renewables Race on Saturday 15 May; joining up to 1,000 off-road riders, elite racers, weekend warriors and have a go heroes of all fitness levels and riding abilities taking part in 10 Under The Ben.

The race is run on an endurance format with riders competing as a solo or in relay teams of two, three or four to see who can complete the most laps of the ten-mile (approx) course in ten hours.

As the 2010 course passes within 20 metres of the Highland Wood Energy headquarters, the biomass heat specialists will provide excellent hospitality all weekend; from race registration and a drinks reception on the Friday evening to a post race barbecue and after party on Saturday night.

HWE will also provide some fantastic prizes with the fastest renewable riders earning invaluable bragging rights for the year ahead!

It is especially apt that the Renewables Race is being staged in Leanachan Forest, near Fort William, as this woodland already plays a major role in supporting renewable energy.

Low-value wood from the forest is currently used to heat local schools, Lochaber College, the Community Centre and the Fort William Medical Centre.

Frazer Coupland, from No Fuss Events, said: “We are delighted that 10 under the Ben and Highland Wood Energy will host the inaugural Renewables Race. Our events are great for bringing like-minded people together and what could be better than riding a superb course and having a fantastic time into the bargain.

“Don’t worry if you don’t look good in lycra; in 2009, we had 900 riders of all shapes and sizes taking part.

“Competition is up to the individual and it’s all about taking part, having as much fun as possible in a very relaxed environment and at your own pace!”

The entry for the Renewables Race costs the same as 10 Under The Ben and as well as the additional prizes and hospitality from HWE, participants will also be eligibile for the overall race prizes so for any individuals or teams with big ideas… fear not!

The only caveat on entry is that all team members (whether that is one, two, three or four) need to have involvement with the renewable energy sector.

For more information 10 Under The Ben and The Renewables Race and to enter log on to –


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Notes to Editors:

Now in its sixth year The Benromach 10 Under the Ben is a must do for all mountain bike enthusiasts. It is the first of the Benromach three tens event series, an opportunity for recreational riders, racers, off road riders and weekend warriors to get out and get on their bikes and have some fun. Riders will again be treated to an awesome course incorporating sections of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships cross country courses within Forestry Commission Scotland’s Leanachan Forest at Nevis Range near Fort William – ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ – as well as some stunning sections of singletrack, natural sections and fire roads in the shadow of the north face of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Entry fees:

Solo – £45
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £140

For those who still have the energy after their ten-hour grueling ride on Saturday 15 May No Fuss Events are also staging The Trail Half Marathon, an off-road run on some of the most scenic trails in the heart of Fort William and Lochaber – ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK'; suitable for walkers, first-time off-road runners and the more experienced ‘mountain goats’ on Sunday 16 May.

Highland Wood Energy is one of Scotland’s leading wood heating specialists, dedicated to the provision of practical solutions for wood fuelled heating.

HWE provide wood log, chip and pellet heating systems for all types of premises, from domestic to commercial. The comprehensive range of services provides customers with complete solutions, from feasibility and design stage through to installation and operation.

Highland Wood Energy was established in Fort William in December 2003 with the co-founders having spent a number of years working within the wood heating industry.

The work of the company is founded on the belief that wood heating will contribute greatly towards the sustainable development of Scotland. Wood heating makes use of our substantial timber resource to produce low cost and renewable heating, whilst at the same time paying dividends for the local economy.

With unrivalled practical experience, ranging from domestic to large scale projects, and our work in assisting the establishment of wood fuel supply chains, we provide clients with a uniquely comprehensive approach to wood heating.

No Fuss Events

Fort William-based outdoor event specialists No Fuss Events operate a programme of hugely popular challenging but achievable open events that combine the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance in a fun and friendly environment – from trail running to cross country and downhill endurance mountain biking to the toughest triathlons and the world’s craziest water sport.

The No Fuss 2010 Event programme includes:

13 & 14 March – The Wee Triathlon, Fort William – due to popular demand the same event is offered on two days
The Benromach Three Tens Series – The epic 10 under the Ben (15 May) is again joined by 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July) and 10 More in Moray (21 August) as the much loved cross country mountain bike endurance series grows in stature
16 May – The Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run
17 July – Glen Nevis River Race, Fort William – A wet and wild waterfall jumping, rapid rafting swim and scramble
24 July – The Hope Endurance Downhill, Fort William  – What goes up must come down…. again and again.
11 September – The Big Ben Nevis and the Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit; we couldn’t possibly comment!
11 September  – The Tour De Ben Nevis
12 September – The Highland Warrior Triathlon
09-10 October – Relentless 24 – A day long cross country mountain biking marathon

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Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636